Bryan Adams Going Acoustic And Getting Reckless

by Noiz 16. September 2014 14:58

Bryan Adams Going Acoustic And Getting Reckless

As if there wasn’t already enough issues coming between Americans and Canadians there’s now one more.  It’s not as big as NAFTA, or as serious as the NFL versus the CFL, but it’s up there.  The issue is what’s better seeing Bryan Adams perform an acoustic set or attending a Bryan Adams plugged in concert?

This fall, the best-selling Canadian rock artist ever, is touring the United States.  Then in 2015, the 20-time Juno Award winner is touring Canada.  Adams’ tour of the U.S. will be small and intimate.  His jaunt around the Great White North will be electric and celebrating the 30th anniversary of his greatest work.

Bare Bones Tour
Bryan Adams kicks off a circuit of “Bare Bones Shows” on Oct. 19 in Minneapolis.  Bare Bones is the name of Adams’ 2010 live acoustic album.  The 20-track opus contains songs from every era of Adams’ career including “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Heaven,” “You’ve Been a Friend to Me,” and “All for Love.”

After Minneapolis, look for Bryan Adams in Chicago (Oct. 20), Detroit (Oct. 21), and Cleveland (Oct. 22).  From there Adams ventures to Philadelphia for a gig at the Palace Theater on Oct. 23.  The following evening, Adams will be in Washington D.C. for a performance at the National Theater.  The final stop of his petite acoustic tour is a Bryan Adams concert in New York City at the theatre at MSG.

Reckless Anniversary Tour
On Jan. 12, in Victoria, British Columbia, Adams launches his “Reckless Anniversary Tour.”  Adams will work his way across Canada through January and February.  His final show is Feb. 28 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.  Other Canadian cities on Adams’ itinerary are Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.

Adams is touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Reckless.  Adams’ fourth studio album dropped on Nov. 5, 1984 or Adams’ 25th birthday.

“‘Reckless’ was just the right record at the right time.  It was just unstoppable.” — Bryan Adams

Reckless is Adams’ fourth studio album and arguably the best of his career.  It sold 12 million copies worldwide and is amazingly the first Canadian album to ever sell a million units in Canada. 

Reckless produced six singles that peaked inside the Billboard Hot 100: “Run to You,” “Somebody,” “Heaven,” “Summer of '69,” “One Night Love Affair,” and “It's Only Love.”  “Run to You” went to number four and is the only song of the bunch that managed to crack the top ten.  “Kids Wanna Rock” was also released as a single but it failed to chart.

Produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain, Reckless has been selected by many publications as one of the greatest albums of all-time.  It was promoted by a massive Bryan Adams world tour.  The trek saw the Canadian superstar collecting Bryan Adams tickets in Canada, United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan.  The artist also went to Ethiopia where he worked for famine relief.

Reckless Super-Deluxe Reissue
You probably have a vinyl copy of Reckless laying around and you definitely have a digital copy in your iTunes.   What you don’t have (yet) is the super-deluxe four-disc reissue of Reckless.  You don’t have it because it hasn’t come out yet.  The reissue drops Nov. 24.

The super-deluxe reissue contains seven bonus tracks, “Reckless: The Movie,” a Blu-ray audio disc, and the 1985 BCC concert.  The package comes in a hardback book that’s the size of a DVD case.  The reissue will also be available in a deluxe two-disc set, a stand-alone Blu-Ray, a remastered single disc, and a two-LP vinyl edition.

Bare Bones or Reckless?
So which country wins, the one getting the acoustic Adams or the one getting the anniversary Adams?

I think it’s the nation getting acoustic Adams.  While it would be great to celebrate Reckless’ big anniversary with the Canadian superstar, I doubt his upcoming 2015 trek will be much different from previous outings.

It’s not like he never plays "Run to You," "Somebody," "Heaven," "Summer of '69," "One Night Love Affair," or "It's Only Love” live.  Even if he plays Reckless in its entirety it’s only ten songs.  There’s still plenty of time for Adams to perform his other hits.

Besides, his career started in 1980 and since that time Adams has been performing electric.  That’s 35 years of concerts.  Not only that, but just about anyone can perform with a band behind them.  Heck, give me enough world class musicians and even I can entertain an arena full of Canadians.

An acoustic set on the other hand is relatively rare.  Also, it shows off an entertainer’s talent.  Like I mentioned in the previous paragraph, just about anyone can be amusing with electricity.  It takes a real musical talent, like Bryan Adams, to be able to perform with nothing more than his guitar and his voice.

Furthermore, another hallmark of the acoustic concert is the interaction between the artist and the audience.  An acoustic set is usually worth a couple of good stories from the artist, stories you generally don’t get when you attend a plugged-in show.

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Usher, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown And Trey Songz All Touring This Fall

by Noiz 15. September 2014 21:26

Usher, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown And Trey Songz All Touring This Fall

If you’re an R&B fan you might want to start saving your money.  This autumn, three huge R&B tours are set to go down.  If your schedule and bank account allow, and their itineraries are kind to your zip code, you might have the opportunity to see four of the biggest names in R&B perform live.

Ne-Yo launches his expedition on Oct. 12.  Usher is hitting the road beginning Nov. 1.  Dates haven’t been announced yet, but it’s been all over social networks that Chris Brown and Trey Songz are joining forces for a journey of their own.

Not only are all four warming up tour buses and training backup dancers, they are also promoting new or pending albums.

Shaffer Smith kicks off his “One Night With Ne-Yo” tour on Oct. 12 in San Francisco.  His “One Night” trek ends Nov. 2 when Ne-Yo visits Chicago to perform at The Fillmore. 

Highlights of his pending outing include Ne-Yo in West Hollywood on Oct. 15, Ne-Yo in Las Vegas on Oct. 17, and Ne-Yo in Atlanta on Oct. 23.

His tour is “House of Blues” heavy.  The “So Sick” singer has routed performances at six House of Blues venues.  He’ll also be visiting three Fillmores.  Besides the one in Chicago, Ne-Yo will also be performing at Fillmores in Charlotte and Silver Spring, Maryland. 

An opening act for his sojourn has not been announced.

Ne-Yo’s excursion is supporting his upcoming studio album, Non-Fiction.  The opus is set to hit streets on Nov. 11.  The album has already produced two singles: “Money Can’t Buy” (featuring Jeezy) and “She Knows” (featuring Juicy J).  The former song peaked at number 117 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In a recent interview, Ne-Yo described his pending oeuvre by saying it’s “99.999998 percent R&B.”  What does that mean?  Well, it means Ne-Yo is appeasing the fan base that, as he puts it, “kept the lights on for a very long time.”  He’s eschewing the dance/EDM sound of his last LP and returning to his roots. 

As for the remaining .000002 percent, Ne-Yo says that’s all pop.

Regardless of his inspiration, Non-Fiction is an important album for Ne-Yo.  His last two studio works did well on the charts (nine and four respectively) but poorly at the cash register.  That’s especially true if you compare them to his first three efforts (In My Own Words, Because of You, and Year of the Gentleman).

Of course, album sales won’t affect Ne-Yo ticket sales.  The singer-songwriter is one of R&B’s great live acts.  Regardless of what happens with his upcoming album, Ne-Yo’s upcoming tour will be one of the hottest concert tickets of the autumn.

On Nov. 1, Usher begins “The UR Experience” in Montreal.  After a show in Toronto, the 35-year-old returns to the United States for a gig at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit on Nov. 4.  His North American trudge ends Dec. 14 in Tampa.

In total, Usher has 28 dates scheduled for his fall excursion.  It’s the legend’s first headlining trek in three years.

“With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests.  I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they've never seen or heard before." — Usher

The most anticipated date on his itinerary is Nov. 7.  On that night, Usher will be in New York City for an engagement at Madison Square Garden.  Also look for Usher in Boston on Nov. 13, Los Angeles on Dec. 21, and Dec. 13 in Miami.

Opening for Usher will be August Alsina and DJ Cassidy.

Usher’s upcoming jaunt is certainly good news for his fans and R&B aficionados.  What’s not good news is the status of Usher’s eighth studio album. 

The new collection of songs is called UR and features appearances from Drake, Juicy J, and Nicki Minaj.  It was supposed to see the light of day sometime in September, but Usher has postponed the album’s release date indefinitely. 

In pushing back UR’s release date, Usher said that he’s taking his time with the album and “…at the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun.”

That’s a bad sign.  When an artist starts talking about having fun and breaks out the phrase “at the end of the day” it’s because the recording process is not going well. 

After making Confessions, Usher didn’t spew clichés and wax poetically about the merriment to be had in the recording studio.  He talked about the awesomeness of his new album (that went on to sale 10 million copies).  This doesn’t mean UR is going to be disappointing, but it does mean Usher has a lot of work to do.

Like Ne-Yo, a poor Usher album doesn’t mean a poor tour.  The “UR Experience” will be an experience and you’ll definitely want to get your hands on Usher tickets.  Procuring his next studio album is another matter.

Chris Brown & Trey Songz
Chris Brown’s latest album, X, dropped Sept. 16.   The singer had pushed the release date back twice.  Despite what you might deduce from the title this is not Brown’s tenth studio submission.  It’s his sixth.  Then again “X” looks a lot better than “VI.”

Trey Songz’s sixth album greeted the world on July 1, 2014.  It debuted at number one giving the artist his second straight top platter. 

No idea on when these two juggernauts will begin their circuit except that their joint tour will be launched this fall.  Their ramble has been promoted on Twitter and the singers posted videos on Instagram.

“THIS FALL is gonna be legendary! Get ready for me and @TreySongz Tour!!!!!!” – Chris Brown via Twitter

Ne-Yo, Usher, Chris Brown & Trey Songz
Without an itinerary from Brown and Songz it’s impossible to know which cities, if any, will host all four men.  Right now, Ne-Yo and Usher will both be visiting the following metro areas: San Francisco/San Jose, Anaheim/Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Silver Spring/Washington D.C.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the best idea is to put all four of these artists on the same marquee.  If a promoter did that then you could forget about what kind of album they were releasing or if they were releasing one at all.  No one would care.

Hopefully Brown and Songz will visit many of the same cities Ne-Yo and Usher have routed.  Fans won’t be able to see these four R&B singers on the same stage on the same night but some might be able to enjoy them during the same season.

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101 Things You Need To Know About Wicked

by Noiz 8. September 2014 20:39

101 Things You Need To Know About Wicked

From now until Nov. 2, theatre goers can enjoy Wicked in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Before the year ends, the popular musical about the witches of Oz will also visit Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Hartford, San Diego, Norfolk, and Detroit. Beginning Dec. 10, Wicked will be in Los Angeles for a run at the famous Pantages Theatre. The touring company will be in La La Land through Feb. 1, 2015.

Wicked has been delighting fans for more than a decade. It’s arguably one of the greatest musicals of all-time, but how well do you know the tale of Elphaba and Glinda? How familiar are you with the various Wicked productions? To help you prepare for your next Wicked experience, and to give you something to talk about while you wait for the curtain to rise, Clickitticket has compiled a list of the 101 things you need to know about Wicked. Perusing our list won’t help you land the role of Elphaba or Glinda but it will move you one broomstick closer to being a full-fledged Wicked expert.

1. Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
2. Stephen Schwartz discovered Maguire’s book while on vacation.
3. In 1998, Schwartz met with Maguire and convinced him that Wicked would make a great musical.
4. The musical and Maguire’s book both deal with events from the 1939 film, Wizard of Oz, and the 1900 book by L Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Both works tell the story from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West.
5. Wicked begins before Dorothy arrives in Oz and ends after her departure. Many events from the film and book are referenced and/or explained in the musical.
6. Wicked was produced by Universal Studios, Marc Platt, and David Stone.

7. The musical’s official title is “Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.”
8. Wicked’s music and lyrics were composed by Stephen Schwartz.
9. Wicked’s book was penned by Winnie Holzman.
10. The Broadway production was directed by Joe Mantello.
11. A typical production of Wicked runs for two hours and thirty minutes. That does not include a 15 minute intermission.
12. The first public performance of Wicked was May 28, 2003 at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.
13. After Wicked’s run in San Francisco, Schwartz demanded and received three months to rewrite material before rehearsals began in New York. Many believe these three months turned Wicked into a blockbuster.
14. Wicked opened on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre on Oct. 30, 2003.
15. Wicked opened to mix reviews.
16. Most of the plot of Wicked is told via a flashback.

17. The original Broadway cast starred Idina Menzel as Elphaba.
18. Idina Menzel also originated the role of Elphaba in the West End.
19. Kristin Chenoweth was the first Glinda.
20. Schwartz had Chenoweth in mind when he was composing music for Glinda.
21. The great Joel Gray was the original Wizard.
22. Norbert Leo Butz originated the role of Fiyero.
23. Stephanie J. Block originally read for the role of Elphaba but was replaced by Idina Menzel. The decision devastated Block.
24. Stephanie J. Block originated the role of Elphaba for the musical’s first national tour…
25. …although an injury suffered during a rehearsal kept her off the stage for a couple of weeks.
26. Also in the first national touring cast was actress Carol Kane.
27. Saycon Sengbloh is the first black woman to play Elphaba.
28. Alexia Khadime is the first black woman to play Elphaba on a full-time basis.
29. Nigel Planer, from the Britcom “The Young Ones,” played The Wizard in the original London cast.
30. Louise Dearman is the first actress to have played both Elphaba and Glinda.
31. Marcie Dodd is the only actress to have played Elphaba and Nessarose.
32. Actress Willemijn Verkaik has starred in Wicked in four different countries and performed it in three different languages.
33. Ana Gasteyer, from Saturday Night Live, played Elphaba in Chicago.
34. Megan Hilty, from the NBC musical-drama Smash, played Glinda in Los Angeles.
35. Tom McGowan, who played Frasier’s boss Kenny Daly on the NBC sitcom Frasier, once played The Wizard on Broadway.
36. Jenni Barber, the actress currently playing Glinda on Broadway, once received a piece of art from a fan in Iceland.
37. Justin Guarini is currently playing Fiyero on Broadway. Yes, that Justin Guarini.

Sets and Costumes
38. Elphaba’s skin isn’t green. It’s emerald green!
39. The make-up Broadway actresses use to turn emerald green is called “chromacake.” It’s made by Mac Cosmetics.
40. The costumes in Wicked use 179 different types and finishes of leather.
41. The original Broadway production used more than 200 costumes.
42. The Broadway production of Wicked uses about 120 wigs.
43. Susan Hilferty calls the style she used to create Wicked’s amazing costumes as "twisted Edwardian."
44. In 2012, Elphaba’s “wicked witch” costume was inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
45. The original Broadway production used more than 800 lights.
46. Eugene Lee created Wicked’s visual style. He drew inspiration from W. W. Denslow, the artist behind the illustrations in Baum's Oz novels.

47. In 2010, “Defying Gravity” was played to wake up astronauts aboard space shuttle mission STS-131.
48. “Defying Gravity” was performed twice on Glee.
49. Schwartz incorporates the first seven notes of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” into the score as a tribute to Harold Arlen, composer for the 1939 film.
50. “Which Way Is The Party” was in the show when it ran in San Francisco but was later replaced by “Dancing Through Life.”
51. “One Short Day” was the third song Schwartz wrote for Wicked.
52. “Elphaba’s Theme” (not an actual Wicked song) was created for the Off-Broadway show The Survival of St. Joan. It was never used and decades later, Schwartz resurrected it for Wicked.
53. The original cast recording hit the streets on Dec. 16, 2003.
54. The original cast recording has been certified double platinum.
55. The only songs from the musical that didn’t make the original cast recording were "The Wizard and I (Reprise)" and "The Wicked Witch of the East.”
56. There have been many Wicked albums but the only one containing Glinda’s finale dialogue belongs to the Japanese cast.
57. Kerry Ellis, who played Elphaba on Broadway and the West End, recorded versions of “I’m Not That Girl” and “Defying Gravity.” Both songs were produced by Brian May of Queen.
58. The original orchestration calls for a pennywhistle in D. For the touring company, it’s altered to a pennywhistle in E flat.
59. Drake sampled Wicked’s “Popular” for his song of the same name.
60. On the 2012 season finale of Duets, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and some karaoke singer she was mentoring sang “For Good.”

Box Office
61. According to Variety, Wicked recouped its initial $14 million investment in 14 months.
62. On Sept. 29, 2010 the Broadway production of Wicked celebrated its five-millionth attendee.
63. Wicked is the first show to be Broadway’s highest-grossing production for nine consecutive years.
64. In the last week of 2012, Wicked set the house record at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu with a gross of more than $1.5 million.
65. In 2013, Wicked became the first Broadway musical to rake in more than $3 million in one week ($3,201,333 for nine performances).
66. Wicked is the highest grossing show in the history of Chicago.
67. Wicked is only the third show in the annals of the Great White Way to gross more than $500 million.

Awards & Accolades
68. Wicked is the 11th longest running Broadway show.
69. Wicked is the 10th longest running West End show.
70. In 2004, Wicked was nominated for 10 Tony Awards.
71. Wicked did NOT win the Tony Award for Best Musical. It was beaten by Avenue Q.
72. Both Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel were nominated for Best Actress in a Musical. Menzel Won.
73. Wicked won Tony Awards for Best Costume Design (Susan Hiferty) and Best Scenic Design (Eugene Lee).
74. In 2005, the original Broadway cast recording captured the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
75. Entertainment Weekly calls Wicked “The Best Musical of the Decade.”
76. Theater critic Nick Hodges calls Chandra Lee Schwartz the best Glinda he’s ever seen. Schwartz plays Glinda on the Emerald City U.S. Tour.

National Tours & Other Productions
77. Wicked opened in London’s West End on Sept. 27, 2006.
78. On July 13, 2005 Wicked opened in Chicago. It ran for three and half years at the Ford Center-Oriental Theatre before transferring to the second North American national tour.
79. Currently, there are two national touring companies performing Wicked. One is the Emerald City Tour and the other is the Munchkinland Tour.
80. The first Wicked National Tour launched March 31, 2005 in Toronto.
81. A German-language production opened in Stuttgart on Nov. 15, 2007. It closed Jan. 29, 2010.
82. The second Wicked National Tour launched March 12, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida.
83. In 2011, the Australian National Tour was delayed two weeks due to the Queensland floods.
84. As of Sept. 1, 2014 Wicked productions are currently running in the West End, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Seoul.

85. Wicked is recommended for children eight and older. Keep in mind that the Gershwin Theatre doesn’t welcome children under the age of five. All attendees, regardless of age, must have a Wicked ticket.
86. According to Idina Menzel, she and Kristin Chenoweth have been told they are too old to play Elphaba and Glinda in a movie adaptation.
87. Wicked has been featured in such television shows as The Simpsons, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, The War At Home, New Girl, and South Park.
88. The finale of Act I from Wicked is parodied in Shrek the Musical during the number "What's up, Duloc?"
89. Stephen Schwartz and Chandra Lee Schwartz are not related.
90. In a poll on, fans picked Justin Timberlake to play “Fiyero” in the movie. Nick Jonas came in second.
91. There’s a Wicked themed hot air balloon. It was inflated to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
92. To celebrate Wicked’s tenth anniversary the cast performed on NBC’s Today.
93. In 2013, the game show Jeopardy! had an entire category dedicated to Wicked. Broadway cast members appeared on the show to read answers.
94. In 2013, Gregory Maguire launched The Elphaba Fund, a nonprofit family foundation dedicated to education, heath, arts, and literacy for children and women.
95. Wicked’s Facebook page has over 1.1 million likes.
96. On March 31, when asked about Wicked the movie Schwartz replied: “We're starting to do some work on it. We've actually started gearing up on it a little bit.”

Spoiler Alerts!!!
97. The character Fiyero eventually becomes the Scarecrow.
98. The character Boq eventually becomes the Tin Man.
99. Elphaba turns both Fiyero and Boq into their respective “Wizard of Oz” characters.
100. The Cowardly Lion turns out to be a cub Elphaba set free while at college.
101. Elphaba lives and runs away with her love interest, Fiyero.

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Korn and Slipknot Prepare For Hell And Tour

by Noiz 7. September 2014 19:17

Korn and Slipknot Prepare For Hell And Tour

Rock musicians sell fantasies.  Their music and live shows offer fans the chance to escape their normal world and step into one built on consumption and excess.

For example, a band like Aerosmith offers an escape built on sex and drugs.  An artist like Drake is all about confidence and opulence.  One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer promise puppy love and chaste romance.

Each artist sells a different fantasy, but they are all pretty much the same or at least the other side of the coin.  There are, however, musical entities that present fans with getaways far different than those offered by most guitar groups, hip hop artists, and boy bands.  There are bands that don’t enthrall their worshiping throngs with the traditional trappings of sex, drugs, rock and roll.  Instead, they appeal to those with a penchant for the macabre and a passion for the grisly.

Two of the best at scaring the bejeebers out of their fans, or at least representing all the things that go bump in the night, are Korn and Slipknot.  Interestingly, those two bands are joining forces this autumn for a tour of North America.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for this.  Not only do we get to tour with friends who we respect, we’ve also chosen a band that represents the fury of the future.  Slipknot is coming to your town.  And hell’s coming with us.” – Corey Taylor, Slipknot’s lead vocalist

Their jaunt begins Oct. 29 in El Paso, Texas at the El Paso County Coliseum.  Including that Lone Star State concert, the bands have 24 dates on their calendar.

The highlight of their tour has to be their concert in Dallas on Halloween night.  To experience the mayhem, just follow the ghouls and goblins to the Gexa Energy Pavilion.

Other dates fans will want to know include Korn and Slipknot in Denver on Nov. 11, Korn and Slipknot in Chicago on Nov. 28, and Korn and Slipknot in East Rutherford on Dec. 6.

The bedlam is not confined to the United States.  Korn and Slipknot perform in Toronto, at the Air Canada Centre, on Nov. 30.  It’s their only stop in the Great White North.

Their spree ends Dec. 7 when they rock Boston and the Paul E. Tsongas Arena. 

Korn and Slipknot have appeared together at various festivals but this is the first time they joined forces for an extended tour.

The bands are calling their excursion “Prepare For Hell.”  It’s being promoted by a poster of a young woman dressed in a clingy white frock.  She has a wide band of red around the base of her neck, her skin is ashen, and she’s holding goat horns in each hand.  The horns are attached to goats but it’s hard to tell if they’re alive or dead. 

Take this whatever way you want, but Slipknot’s name is on top of the poster.  Above Korn’s name (which is located on the bottom half of the graphic), in small print, is the phrase “with our brothers.”  All the literature surrounding their tour indicates that it’s a co-headlining venture but the described artwork seems to contradict that notion.

While both bands are legends, I’d think Korn would be the ipso facto headliner because they’ve been around longer, released more studio albums (sold more too), and have reached the top of the Billboard 200 more often (just one more time but Korn does have ten top ten albums to their name).

I certainly wouldn’t want to follow Korn.  Even if you have a bunch of hits like Tom Petty or Journey, you probably don’t want to take the stage after one of Korn’s high energy performances (what Petty or Journey are doing on the same marquee as Korn is anyone’s guess).

Then again, if I’m Korn, the last band I’d want to follow is Slipknot.  Heck, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan don’t want to follow Slipknot.  The only thing that should follow a Slipknot set is a team of medical personnel doing triage (that’s meant as a compliment).

Slipknot’s live show is probably the most dynamic, energetic, and chaotic live show of all-time in any genre.  Even if you don’t like their music, you have to admit that a Slipknot concert (while definitely not for the faint of heart) is a bucket list candidate.

With their machine-gun style riffs, thunderous drumming, and creepy masks, a Slipknot concert is part rock show, part cult ritual, and part Armageddon.  Some groups warn that when they come to your town fathers should lock up their daughters, but when Slipknot comes to your town you should lock up everything and pray they don’t stay too long.

That is, of course, hyperbole.  Slipknot and Korn are ultimately harmless.  Your sons and daughters will be fine before, during, and after they visit your town.  Yet, part of their charm is they’re scary.  In a day and age of bloated rock groups and anodyne boy bands, Korn and Slipknot are a refreshing alternative to the banalities of popular music.

In many ways, Korn and Slipknot are one of the few acts that still embody the original ethos of the genre—rebellion, deconstruction, and fearlessness.

The Paradigm Shift
Korn will be supporting their eleventh studio album, The Paradigm Shift.  The opus dropped in October of 2013.  The work has produced three singles: “Never Never,” “Spike in My Veins,” and “Hater (World Tour Edition only).”

.5: The Gray Chapter
Slipknot is looking to move their fifth studio offering, .5: The Gray Chapter.  The collection of new tunes is set to hit the streets on Oct. 21.  It’s Slipknot’s first album in half-a-dozen years as well as their first without Paul Gray.  He died of a drug overdose on May 24, 2010.  It’s also the band’s first studio effort without drummer Joey Jordison.  Both musicians were with Slipknot long before the release of their debut LP.

King 810
The band tapped to prepare audiences for the “Prepare for Hell” tour is King 810.  Hailing from Flint, Michigan, the quartet will entertain fans with selections from their debut album Memoirs of a Murderer.  The work contains tracks called “Killem All,” “War Outside,” and “Murder Murder Murder.”

On Memoirs of a Murderer, King 810 sings about life in Flint.  That may sound like a joke, but the band is dead serious. Lead singer David Gunn was shot during an attempted robbery.  Apparently, Flint is a very violent city (and King 810 is a very violent band).  Adam Graham, writing for the Detroit News, said King 810 “is doing for Flint what N.W.A. did for Compton.”  In case you hadn’t guessed, “810” is the area code for Flint, Michigan.

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